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3.2.4.4 Additional Constraints on Externalizable Objects

If two literal objects appearing in the source code for a single file processed with the file compiler are the identical, the corresponding objects in the compiled code must also be the identical. With the exception of symbols and packages, any two literal objects in code being processed by the file compiler may be coalesced if and only if they are similar; if they are either both symbols or both packages, they may only be coalesced if and only if they are identical.

Objects containing circular references can be externalizable objects. The file compiler is required to preserve eqlness of substructures within a file. Preserving eqlness means that subobjects that are the same in the source code must be the same in the corresponding compiled code.

In addition, the following are constraints on the handling of literal objects by the file compiler:


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